Botany Marshes Reedbed Creation Project
The RSPB are working with the Environment Agency to create a 49ha wetland adjacent to Abbey Farm, near Snape in Suffolk, which will form part of a larger 70ha wetland ecosystem. The Marshes at Botany Farm Project will create a suitable habitat for a suite of reedbed species, including Bittern and Marsh Harrier.
The soil embankments will create barriers to bisect the site to improve internal water level management, and drop board sluices installed to allow areas to be drawn down independently. Additional clay bunding will be created along the boundary with Abbey Farm to maintain hydrological isolation.
A number of existing and historical features will be excavated in the flood plain to create open water and optimum Bittern feeding edge.
Stirling Maynard are appointed to provide civil engineering design and project management services for the scheme which will involve the design and construction of over 800 metres of embankment and three water control sluices.